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  • Reward offered for information in the case of plant nursery vandalism

    Oct 08, 2013 | Read More News
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    Pima County is offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who broke into the Pima County Native Plant Nursery last month and destroyed thousands of plants by dousing them with herbicide chemicals. none

    “This was a reprehensible act that will set back our efforts to restore native plants,” said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry in announcing the reward for information that helps solve the case of felony vandalism. “These are plants that cannot be replaced by buying them at a nursery. They were grown from seeds or salvaged from development sites, so it is safe to say an entire year’s worth of work has been lost.”

    The vandalism that targeted approximately 90 percent of the mature nursery stock, valued at more than $34,000, took place over the weekend of Sept. 14-15.

    If you have any information regarding this case, please contact 88-CRIME, the anonymous tip line of the Pima County Attorney’s Office by doing one of the following:

    • CALL - (520) 882-7463 (collect calls accepted)
    • TEXT - 274637, then enter “tip259" and then your text message
    • TYPE- www.88crime.org 

    Following media coverage of the crime, individuals have stepped forward to contribute money specific to the inventory recovery of the Native Plant Nursery.

    Those hoping to assist may make checks out to the Pima County Parklands Foundation with a note that donated dollars should be applied to the Native Plant Nursery. Those donations may be mailed or dropped off at Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department, 3500 W. River Road, Tucson 85741.

    Any questions about the Parklands program can be directed to Gregoria Tucker at 520-877-6209.